Alfie turned five today and told everybody he had grown, as he was now five. He does come out with some funny things at times. He was helping me to plant seeds a while ago and I said to him “have you got plants in the greenhouse at school?” He replied “we have a blue house in the playground”

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He has had a lovely day, keeping very fit with all the bouncing and he has his party tomorrow to look forward to as it’s at one of those big ball parks. Then Tuesday it is his sisters birthday so I will see her after school, this is a busy month for birthdays in our family.

I have sorted my plants and seeds so will be doing some gardening tomorrow as it is supposed to be very nice, so I think a sit in the garden with a book or even doing some writing in the sun will be in order.

Do not forget the sun cream tomorrow folks, that feels good to say that lol x

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I was looking forward to this weekend and some nice weather but again it has let us down and it really is quiet cold. I am going to sound really old but it is really getting to my arthritis and every winter it seems to go to another joint, I really, really need some heat on these old bones. So, instead of doing anything in the garden I have read a book and sorted a bit of paperwork. I have been a bit lazy really but sometimes you just need to turn off. I did go through about four lists and condensed them down into one list, I felt good as I did cross some things off, honestly.

I really do not know what is wrong with the cat today as she is constantly sitting on me and not liking it if I move, perhaps she is feeling the cold too.

Seeing that picture of the old typewriter made me realise how much easier we have it now as correcting mistakes is very easy on a computer and some publishers you can just email your work to them so you do not even have to print it out. Then I started to wonder how many authors print out their work as they go and read, correct or alter it before they then change it on screen. I tend to write and write while it is all fresh in my head and then go back and make corrections, then read it through and change bits or add more. I think I will hunt out some stories I wrote about fifteen years ago and see what I think when I read them now, will I still like like them?

I am off to watch The Voice now on the sofa with chocolate, have a good evening xx

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I have to have a list but sometimes it goes a bit far and I end up with so many lists I do not know if I am coming or going and then the lists turn into a book of lists. I know, it’s a bit over the top but I seem to forget just about everything these days but I am sure it is not due to age it is because I have so much going on in my head. That’s what I keep telling myself and my daughters write lists too, so if we are ever stumped for a present there is always a list book. My granddaughter made me laugh as she said she had written her birthday list but had too much on it so she started her Christmas list! Sometimes it is not just things to buy but stuff to do like today I should of had a chauffeur hat on as I was going from schools to dentist to shops to doctors and chemist, one daughter not very well so had baby and other daughter wanted shopping and grandson had dentist. Yes, yes, I know, I am a good Mum and Nanny. I just hope I do not get their bug or I will be telling them not to share the bugs. Anyway, today I could of done with a list as I had it all going round in my head where I was supposed to be next and at what time. I am very organised and got the presents for the birthdays on Sunday and Tuesday so they will be wrapped and ready tomorrow. The sun is supposed to be shining all weekend so I will be in the garden as have to plant my tomatoes and do a bit of weeding. I will put up my pink solar lights and have a nice cold glass of rosè Monday evening as that is supposed to be the hottest day. I intend to write a good few pages of the novel over the weekend too, the to-do list is getting longer as there is always hoovering, dusting and washing on it, I really do not like housework so that is another good reason for living alone as you do not make any mess and put things away so it is always tidy. I do not read that list very often lol have a fun weekend everyone xx

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This is the book I am reading at the moment and enjoying it very much, I just wish I had more time to read it as I am very much a person that once starts a book will read at every opportunity until it is finished. Sometimes in life you cannot do that and it stresses me out, I do not want other issues and life forcing there way In-between myself and my book. I have so many books at the moment that I want to read, every time I look at my emails or the blogs I read there is another one, stop writing such good books everyone, I cannot keep up! Then the blogs seem to be getting better and so different, all these different views on subjects and things, I want to read them all. I bought my writing magazine yesterday and want to devour the pages and soak in the knowledge that is there for me to learn. Ideas for stories, articles, blogs, websites, novels all going round and round in my head, I just want to write and write, to get it all down. I feel like I want to explode, then I get stressed with myself and get upset, why do I feel like everything is so hard? I go and see some of the grandchildren, that takes my mind of it all and then I relax, come home and sleep. Somedays the sleep does not come easy, the dreams feel like I am just thinking about something with my eyes closed, should I write these down? When will I find the time for that? Why do I feel that there is just not enough time for anything I want to do?

I read a blog this morning where the person did not like the month of May because of what it reminds her of in her past, I then started to think about the months of the year and what they remind me of. Mostly it is family birthdays or events that are all happy times that happen every year. Do we remember the bad stuff? Yes, of course we do but I think it falls deeper in our minds as the years go on, I will always remember the months when my grand parents died, the months I got married and divorced but they come back to you when you think, they are not there at the front. The new bad things are still there at the front until we let them go or accept them or just stop thinking about them. I do not know how we do that as one day you wake and realise it is not your awakening thought or last before you sleep. To control your mind would be a wonderful thing, I think lol

As I looked through the writing magazine I realised that nothing seems to happen in Kent regarding writing circles, book signings, literature festivals, writing groups, writing get-aways, why is this? We do have a mermaid festival though!

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I will end these thoughts with a picture I saw this morning xx

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Today was creative writing day so the ten minute play was finished and we watched some of them acted out, what good actors they were, it was very interesting how it all came to life with scene setting and direction on facial expressions and voices. I found it interesting just how much it is linked to creative writing and could see the benefits of what I have learnt by doing it. Some of the class did not like doing it and found it a lot harder than writing stories, I guess that comes from us all being different. Today made me think about using different adverbs when describing things as we do tend to stick to the same ones without even thinking about it.

The next few days I am going to spend writing down all my ideas as I feel a bit overloaded and need to get some stories finished so I can start afresh. I find it surprising that even though I am writing something I still get ideas flying around about a completely different story. I guess my brain is just programmed to ideas, settings and conclusions. Not that I am complaining, I just wish there were more hours in the day to get it all down on paper or on the laptop.

We have a long weekend here in the UK as Monday is May Day and the sun is said to be shining from today onwards, so I am going to have to fit in some gardening at some point. Next week is going to be busy as I have two grandchildren’s birthdays, I love the excitement that shows on their faces when they are young, the ripping off of wrapping paper and smiles so big you lose yourself in them.

What have you got planned for the weekend?

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